Beef Tips with Mushrooms, Almond-Citrus Rice and Barcelona Bean Salad


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound store-bought trimmed fresh green beans or a mix of yellow wax beans and green beans, coarsely chopped on an angle
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco brand
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin or sirloin tips, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound mushroom caps, crimini or white, brushed clean and halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry Spanish sherry
  • 1/2 cup beef stock


Heat a saucepot over medium heat. Add butter to the pot and melt it. Add almonds and toast for 3-4 minutes. Add rice and the zest of the orange and lemon, turn the rice to coat, then cook for 1 minute. Add stock and bring to boil; reduce to simmer, then cover and cook for 17-18 minutes.

Add one inch of water to a medium skillet and bring to simmer. Liberally salt the water. Add the beans and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and cool under cold running water.

Whisk the juice of the orange and the lemon together with hot sauce in the bottom of a shallow bowl, then stream in about 3 tablespoons of EVOO. Add beans and toss to coat. Season the beans with salt and pepper, to taste.

Heat a large, shallow skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of EVOO, one turn of the pan. Pat meat dry. When EVOO ripples and begins to smoke, add beef and brown for 3 minutes on each side. Remove when beef is evenly deep brown and reserve on a plate.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons of EVOO to a skillet, two turns of the pan. Heat until EVOO ripples, then add mushrooms and brown for 7-8 minutes. Add garlic after a few minutes. Season mushrooms with salt and pepper. Add sherry, reduce for 1 minute, then add beef stock and beef tips and their natural juices back to pan. Reduce heat and cook 3-4 minutes more. Turn off heat.

Fluff rice with fork.

Serve beef and mushrooms over rice with beans alongside.

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